10th Tropical Depression Of Season Forms In Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center says the tenth tropical depression of the 2019 season formed Tuesday in the tropical Atlantic.

The center of the system was located 1,165 miles east of the Leeward Islands as of the initial advisory, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour as it moves west-northwest around 11 miles per hour.

The NHC expects this will become Tropical Storm Jerry soon and could strengthen into a hurricane by the end of the week.

UPDATE: This system is now Tropical Storm Imelda as of Tuesday afternoon.

Closer to home, the National Hurricane Center says a Gulf of Mexico is showing signs it could become a tropical depression before it makes landfall along the Texas coast.

"Recent satellite, radar, and surface data show that the area of low pressure located over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico near the Texas coast has become better defined this morning. The associated thunderstorm activity has also increased and become a little better organized. If these development trends continue, a tropical depression could form before the system moves inland later today or tonight, but significant additional development is not likely once the system moves inland," read a special tropical weather outlook issued Tuesday.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and flooding remain the primary hazards with this system," the outlook added. "This disturbance is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches across the upper coastal region of Texas into far southwest Louisiana through Thursday. This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods."

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